The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog. The English Cocker Spaniel is an active, good-natured, sporting dog standing well up at the withers and compactly built.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Illustrated Standard 2022 - AKC: The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
AKC Video Link
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SCC Video Link
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See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Other Names for Breed
Cocker Spaniel inglés
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: England
Parent breed club: The Cocker Spaniel Club
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Gun Dog Magazine - English Cocker Spaniel: Breed Profile
Project Upland: English Cocker Spaniel – Bird Dog Series
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. US: 2017 ECSCA Health Survey
3. Finland: Koiranet Database - Cocker Spaniel
4. Cocker spaniel database -
Pedigrees and health results from over 250.000 English Cocker Spaniels! - Now 252311 dogs
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
UK: Cocker Spaniel Breed Club - Health Information
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma Cockerspanieli 2021–2025
Breeding Instructions (Finnish)
US: ECSCA Health and Rescue Organization: Health Clearances & Health Information
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Field Cockers website: This site was created for, and is supported by the many people that participate AKC English Cocker/Cocker Spaniel Field Trials, AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests and https://www.englishcocker.org ECSCA Working Dog Tests.
ECSCA Health Education Committee 2019 Health Survey for FIELD/WORKING COCKERS
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: English Cocker Spaniel Club of Canada
Ireland: Cocker Spaniel Club of Ireland
UK: The Cocker Spaniel Club
USA: English Cocker Spaniel Club of America